ASBA Technical Meeting:
The West Coast Had the Most in 2011
The temps might have been cooler
than normal for California, but the contacts, technical information and
new products on display were hotter than ever. The ASBA's Technical
Meeting in Palm Desert, held the first week in December, brought record
attendance for a West Coast meeting. Members, their guests and an array of other industry
professionals and luminaries attended and enjoyed everything the
Association had to offer.
Wondering what you missed
at the Technical Meeting? Here's a sample of some of the breakout
Sessions at the 2011 Technical
Meeting in Palm Desert, California, covered a broad range of topics.
They were organized according to divisions whose interests they covered.
Some were panel discussions, some were single-speaker format, and all
invited audience participation and questions. In fact, some of the best
learning came about when those in attendance chipped in with stories of
their experiences and their advice to others.
Game on in Palm Desert
In terms of pride and bragging
rights, you can't get much more intense than a college bowl game --
unless you're at the ASBA Technical Meeting when the golf and tennis
tournaments come around. This year was no exception, with members and
guests bringing their "A" game to Palm Desert.
It's Never Too Early ...
...to start planning for next
year's ASBA Technical Meeting.
Mark your calendar now: the
meeting will be held from
November 30 to December 3. The
setting will be the Doubletree
Hotel at Universal Studios in
Orlando, Florida. Just think --
you can wrap up your season and
get ready for next year by
making contacts, attending
sessions, learning about new
products and finding out all the
news the industry and
Association have to offer.
ASBA Elects New Officers
The American Sports Builders
Association (ASBA), the national
organization for builders,
designers and suppliers of
materials for athletic
facilities, has announced the
election and installation of its
officers and directors for the
coming year. The new slate took
its place at the conclusion of
the ASBA's Technical Meeting,
held December 2-6 in Palm
ASBA Presents Annual
One of the most
at the ASBA's Technical Meeting
is that of the winners of its
annual awards. Awards are
presented each year to
facilities built by ASBA
members, which best exemplify
ASBA Hits Blog Spots
ASBA is now highly visible in
the blogging universe, with
blogs on TennisNow (for tennis),
Run BlogRun (for track), in
sportsturfonline.com and Turf
Insider (for fields) and
Athletic Business Magazine's
e-newsletter (for general sports
The Association is looking
forward to expanding its reach
with its blogging work, and to
making even more readers aware
of ASBA and of the importance of
excellence in sports facility
construction. Count on our blogs
to touch on not just Association
news but points of interest to
the athletic community as a
Want to suggest a topic for
blogging? Want to suggest a
publication or site where you
think an ASBA blog would be a
good addition? Send an e-mail to
Mary Helen Sprecher at
Want to be seen by
potential customers? Here's where (and how) to do it
What's the best way to reach
people who are planning to build
or renovate their tennis courts
or running tracks? Advertise in
a publication they're reading to
get advice on just how to do
Want to become a certified
builder? There's never been a
been thinking about taking the
certification exam, it's time to
stop thinking and start
Get Your Name Out There!
Whatever is happening for your company, you'd
probably like to publicize it. Only problem is that you feel
uncomfortable doing it. You don't know where to start exactly. So
what to do? Use your ASBA member advantage!
Project Spotlight: The
It's not very often the venue
for a sports event is so unusual
that it gets as much, if not
more, attention than the game
being played on it. But on
November 11, the U.S. was
captivated by an event known as
the Carrier Classic: a college
basketball game played on the
deck of an aircraft carrier.
Legislation That Can Help
Our Industry and How to Promote It
No matter which side of the political line you're on
(or even if you're on the fence), here's a piece of legislation everyone
should get behind: the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT,
pronounced “fit”) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2649).
ASBA Members, Affiliates
Win RSI Awards
While the Technical Meeting has traditionally been
the showcase for ASBA members' winning projects in its annual awards
program, it is also the place where Racquet Sports Industry Magazine
holds its first peek at the winners of each year's Champions of Tennis
This year, at the meeting held in Palm Desert,
several ASBA members were recognized, as was one individual with whom
members are very familiar.
Know a Trailblazer? Give
RSI Their Name!
Do you know someone (or just know about someone) who
has been a pioneer in the tennis industry, a real trailblazer who has
helped shake things up? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to
know about that person. RSI is now in the second year of running its
"Pioneers in Tennis" series of articles, about trailblazers in the
sport, and is looking for nominations for people to be featured in
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes seven new companies that have
joined the association since the last newsletter.
ASBA Announces New
ASBA is pleased to announce that 11 individuals
have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders. DETAILS
ASBA Recognizes Canada's
ASBA recognizes Canada's first CTCB Mike Kingsbury.
Kingsbury credits the social media session at the recent ASBA
Technical Meeting with helping him get coverage in local media.
Click here to see what they had to say.
May We Quote You?
One of ASBA's
most important programs is its
technical articles, which are
written for trade magazines in
various segments of the
industry, including tennis,
track, indoor and fields
facilities. We are always
looking for our members to
comment on, and be quoted in
these articles. This is an
excellent chance to help raise
ASBA's profile, and in an
ancillary capacity, to increase
visibility for your company. If
you would like to be quoted in
these articles, please send an
e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at
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